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Inclement Weather/Emergency Policy

In order to fulfill its mission of public service the Saugus Public Library will make every reasonable effort to open to the public as scheduled, consistent with safe access for the public and the staff.

There are times prior to opening, especially in winter, when the weather could threaten the safety of the public and library staff and would make reasonably safe travel to the library impossible. At such times, it may be necessary not to open the library as scheduled.  Furthermore, there may be occasions when these same conditions will arise during operating hours and it may be necessary to close the library early. Failure of the facility’s HVAC, plumbing, or electrical systems could also prompt the library to delay or forgo opening. The decision to close or postpone the opening of the library due to inclement weather or other conditions is reached after consultation with Library Trustee Chairperson, DPW and/or Town Manager and is at the discretion of the Library Director.

If, on a regular school day, the Saugus Public School system chooses to delay opening or not to open for the day due to inclement weather, the Saugus Public Library will delay opening until at least noon and reassess the situation mid-to-late morning to determine whether open at noon or later in the day.

On Saturdays or any other non-school day, the decision to close or postpone the opening of the library due to inclement weather or other conditions is reached after consultation with weather service advisories, Library Trustee Chairperson, DPW and/or Town Manager and is at the discretion of the Library Director.

If the building is to close early, staff and library patrons already in the facility will be notified immediately.

The Library Director will notify all effected staff either in-person or telephonically of any situations related to delayed opening or other closure. The Library Director will also notify all staff via email and post a notice on the library’s Web site.

Accepted by Library Board of Trustees, November 14, 2012

Revised December 7, 2017